Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 2/10/17
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Nientsniew
9:45
Why is one 6 WAR player more valuable than two 3 WAR players?
Jeff Sullivan
9:46
Because you should be able to get more than 0 WAR out of the extra roster spot
Robbie
9:47
Do you think Brandon Drury is actually about a replacement-level player? I feel playing (admittedly probably below-average defense) at a natural position would make him at least an average starter
Jeff Sullivan
9:48
No, I think Drury is better than 0 WAR. The Diamondbacks made him play a bunch in the outfield for the first time, and it looks like he didn't take to that very well. Put and leave him somewhere more familiar and he's a useful piece
Kristen
9:48
Now that the backlog of FA 1-dimensional power-hitters has cleared up a bit, will Franklin Gutierrez finally find a home soon? Hard to believe a guy who absolutely kills leftiessuch a lefty-killer is still on the market.
Jeff Sullivan
9:49
The problem is that Gutierrez is increasingly limited, physically, on account of his disease. He can clearly still hit the ball super hard, but he's hard to plan around, because his availability can change from one day to the next
Teams and managers don't like the idea of unpredictably having to play with a short bench
Graves
9:50
Will Baseball ever gain popularity in Brazil? So many Latin countries love baseball, but Soccer and MMA dominates Brazil.
Jeff Sullivan
9:50
There have been three big-leaguers from Brazil, and they debuted in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Baseball will never be the nation's official sport, but it has a growing profile
Mike
9:51
When do we see Quintana traded and where?
Jeff Sullivan
9:51
I can see him as a Yankee in July
Curtis
9:52
Which "contender" has the weakest bench?
Jeff Sullivan
9:52
Nationals bench isn't very good. Tigers bench isn't very good. To be honest I have not thought about this very much
cardsjason
9:53
Happy Friday. What does a Jose Altuve extension look like? Does he have a similar year to last year? Better? Worse?
Jeff Sullivan
9:54
He's still under control another three years, so they don't have to work on that if they don't want to. We did see the Royals extend Salvador Perez when he was in the middle of an extremely team-friendly contract, so there's some kind of precedent
9:55
I'm out of reasons to doubt Altuve. Can't see another 6.7 WAR, but I do believe his true talent now is between 5 and 6. He does everything and he's still quite young
KGE
9:58
Opinions on Jerad Eickhoff? Was a pleasant surprise w/ the Phillies last year. Do you think he can take another step forward this year (developing his third pitch)? or do you expect him to be about the same?
Jeff Sullivan
9:58
Underrated. He faced kind of a soft schedule, but I liked how he tightened up his breaking balls as the season went on.
10:00
Over his final three months, he struck out 21% of his opponents while walking barely 4%. The fly balls mean there will be homers, but I'm buying him as a No. 3 with further upside
Camp
10:00
Name a better NL player than Nolan Arenado in both fantasy and real life. You can't, right?
Jeff Sullivan
10:00
Well there are a handful of better real-life players and I don't know what counts in fantasy
10:01
I assume fantasy baseball doesn't adjust for Coors Field. Good news!
TP
10:01
Are the Rays really going to give LoMo the 1B job again?
Jeff Sullivan
10:02
Part of it. I don't know why, but here we are
Jonas
10:02
I was extremely surprised by the almost unanimous backlash against the proposed extra inning rule change. Objectively speaking, isn't higher leverage baseball preferable to lower leverage?
Jeff Sullivan
10:02
There's always the same kind of immediate reaction whenever anyone proposes changing something we're all used to
10:03
Remember when MLB floated the idea of one-game wild-card playoffs every year?
Hell, think of the last time your favorite website underwent a redesign
10:04
One thing I don't totally get is how it speeds things up -- teams would still have the same chance of scoring a run in a given extra inning, so wouldn't there still be the same possibility of games going extremely long?
I don't have my own strong opinion, because that's just how I'm wired, but I would need to be convinced that this addresses a problem. I don't think baseball has a too-long-game problem
Weston
10:05
Ynoa to Orioles for cash considerations. Seems like a great deal for Orioles and the Mets could have just DFA'd Montero. Some have suggested that it could be a good faith move/precursor to eventual brach/Bruce swap, thoughts?
Jeff Sullivan
10:05
Brach is good, and Bruce is not
Robbie
10:05
The new D-backs FO seems pretty competent. Surely trading away Mitch Haniger wasn't as big a mistake as I fear, right?
Jeff Sullivan
10:06
It's not like they dumped him for nothing. Perhaps he was undersold, but it's not tough to talk yourself into liking Taijuan Walker
Graves
10:07
Build a switch hitter with (Insert player) ______ RH swing, ______ LH swing, _______ Arm, _______ Glove, _______ speed.
Jeff Sullivan
10:07
Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Jake Marisnick, Kevin Kiermaier, Billy Hamilton
ryan
10:08
do you think there is a circumstance in which the Oriole's trade Machado at the deadline this year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:08
The Orioles suck and something terrible happens to a contending team's third baseman
Matt
10:09
I know Josh Bell's surgery is only supposed to sideline him for 2-4 weeks, but is this the type of injury that has a lingering impact?
Jeff Sullivan
10:09
Looks like no. Better than something in the hand or wrist
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